All the fun of the fair

By Contributed in Local People

JOHN SOUTHALL writes: Back in 1890, as we can see in this photo from the Bernard Chapman Collection, fairs visiting Dawlish took up quite a bit of space in and around Tuck’s Plot and even on the beach.

The buildings in the background – the Blenheim Hotel, the bank and Brookdale Terrace – look to be just about the same now more than 125 years later.

There wasn’t too much of the fair on the beach, and on the left is the ladies’ changing hut.

Some swings are over to the right with a couple of boys and a dog having fun.

But just look at the ladies, in their Sunday best unless I am much mistaken, and on the beach. Wow!

The roundabout looks to be only just on the other side of the railway line in Tuck’s Plot where the crazy golf is now to be found.

The Chapman Collection contains a few more photos of fairs, some of which will follow in a few weeks…

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